York House School in Croxley Green has won the ‘Green Tree Platinum Award’ from the Woodland Trust for planting over 1,400 new trees over the last four years and showing a deep commitment to the conservation of woodlands and their natural habitat in Hertfordshire.
With more than 12,000 schools signing up to the Green Tree Schools initiative since 2008, the highly competitive award is recognition of the difference York House School has made to the local area in bringing the great outdoors, local wildlife and important green issues into the classroom.
Pupils at York House have participated in activities such as tree planting, reducing carbon emissions, exploring local woodlands and learning about the conservation of their natural habitat.
As part of their outdoor education, pupils also learned about biodiversity and each year they are able to plant new saplings in their school grounds.
Jon Gray, headmaster at York House School explained: “Exploring woodlands, gives our pupils the chance to be children and to be mindful about their surroundings as well as inspiring them to take risks and to be curious about nature.
“Getting out into the fresh air, escaping the hustle and bustle of modern day living and learning to appreciate a relaxing and tranquil environment, really helps children to feel energised, happy and calm. We are super proud of everyone for the important part they have each played in achieving this top award.”
Karen Letten, Woodland Trust schools and communities engagement manager, added: “The scheme promotes a range of opportunities, each designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and sustain their interest in woods and trees. Only a handful of schools have moved on to achieve the platinum award, making this a huge accomplishment for York House.”